Epiphany's Mantra

i thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes
-e.e. cummings

9.29.2008

Karma…[kahr-muh] – noun

... is defined in Hinduism and Buddhism as an action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation. In Theosophy, it is the cosmic principle according to which each person is rewarded or punished in one incarnation according to that person's deeds in the previous incarnation. Some call it Fate, Destiny and/or the good or bad emanations felt to be generated by someone or something.

I look at it as a principle way of life. Many faiths, religions or teachings have imparted the premise of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” to their followers. (See link below for related articles.) It should be their daily mantra but alas no one really believes that if they are nice, they will receive kindness in return. That's not to say that you should offend or hurt someone if they offend or hurt you, but that you should continuously treat people the way in which you would expect to be treated; with the utmost respect for humanity and all of its idiosyncrasies. 

I suppose if we lived in a perfect world, it would probably work, but we don't. Today and even long ago in simpler times, the need to survive and the innate human ability to be selfish has taught people that the strongest and the fastest gets the goal first; and winning is what counts. But there is a bigger issue to contend with. The Multiverse has a way of reminding us that living well and living right is not the same thing. Whenever you engage in a random act of kindness, the person on the receiving end is benefiting from their past good deeds. You, on the other hand will be depositing karmic points so to speak and one day when you least expect it, someone will do something for you that will leave you breathless.

So start looking around you, appreciating the day, your health, your family or co-workers, give someone a smile, hold the door open for someone, or even pay someone passage on the bus. It's that simple and you will see that in return the Multiverse will reward you with the important thing in life - love. Of course, this is only my humble opinion. It is how I live my life day to day. My advice would be to try and always walk in the Light, be grateful all the time and commit a random act of kindness.

ps: feel free to post something that happened unexpectantly in your life, whether you did something nice or someone acted on your behalf.

See linked article about the “shared belief in the Golden Rule a.k.a. Ethics of Reciprocity” http://www.religioustolerance.org/reciproc.htm

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